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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 7, 2020

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MONDAY, September 7                           Kassiani

Job 32:6-8 Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answered: ”I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’ But truly it is the spirit in a mortal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding.”

In large-group discussions, I often experience a great deal of anxiety before I contribute. A thought will hit me, and I quickly bat it away. I try to listen even harder to what others are saying, but the incessant buzzing of that thought grows in intensity until I decide I will speak. My palms sweat, my heart pounds, my breath quickens, and I look for my moment. Once my voice rings in the space, each subsequent comment centers me a bit more, and I can relax into the conversation.

We can never fully know the barriers that might hold others back from their own participation. How can we actively invite the unspoken, knowing that God may be seeking to speak to us from unexpected places?

MOVING FORWARD: What does healthy interaction in a large group look like for you?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Mpumalanga (Tanzania), Yambio (South Sudan), and Yangon (Myanmar)

Ps 41, 52 * 44 | Job 32:1-10,19—33:1,19-28 | Acts 13:44-52 | John 10:19-30

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